Yankees News: How much did Brian Cashman offer Justin Verlander, Aaron Judge extension incoming

The New York Yankees have two priorities this off-season, acquiring a top shortstop and adding to their starting pitching rotation. General manager Brian Cashman made it apparent that a deal with a shortstop could happen any day, and they were recently in the hunt for Houston ace Justin Verlander.

Verlander hasn’t pitched since 2019, coming off Tommy John surgery. During his most recent campaign, he logged a 2.58 ERA with an 88.4% left on-base percentage. However, despite the pursuit from Cashman, the Houston Astros managed to retain one of their best pitchers on a two-year, $50 million deal with an optional second season.

The Yankees did their best to acquire his services, offering a one-year, $25 million deal straight up, but Houston essentially gave him an extra year of leverage, even if he struggles considerably after surgery. Cashman wasn’t willing to take that big of a risk with money tied up in multiple spots and a massive extension for Aaron Judge waiting in the wings.

There are a few other opportunities he can explore, including a potential trade for Cincinnati Reds star pitcher Luis Castillo. There are free agents on the market that could fit the bill, including Robbie Ray, so we should keep an eye on the market to see how it fluctuates in the coming weeks. The Yankees will find a solution at the top of their rotation, and we know they’re willing to spend $25 million on a top option.

Yankees are preparing to begin contract extension talks with Aaron judge this winter:

“We’ll have to have conversations about a one- or a more multi-year-level deal,” Cashman said. “We’re essentially a season away from free agency, so we’ll have to have conversations with Aaron Judge’s representation. But obviously he’s been a great Yankee and he’s certainly impacted us in such a positive way for quite a long time, so it’d be nice to keep it going.”

Judge has dealt with his fair share of injuries throughout his career, but he is an elite defender with one of the best arms in baseball. This past season, he showcased how dominant he can be when consistently healthy, playing in 148 games. He posted a career-best .287 batting average with 39 homers and 98 RBIs. Judge looked like one of the best players in baseball this season, and if they get that same version in 2022, the Yankees will be looking to extend him on a long-term deal at just 29-years-old.
Judge has already expressed his desire to play the rest of his career in pinstripes, and after pacing the club in most offensive categories this year, Cashman would be foolish to let him walk next free agency period.